Investigate and charge Romano with animal cruelty charges
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Animal cruelty, fraud, and lies surround Jennifer Romano of Maggie’s House Rescue
Animal advocates are upset about allegations that include animal cruelty, fraud, and lies regarding Jennifer “Jenny” Romano of Maggie’s House Rescue.
According to click2houston.com, there was a break in at Jennifer “Jenny” Romano’s home on November 6, 2013. At that time, somehow the news was involved and ran a story saying, “A Spring woman is heartbroken after someone ransacked her home, stole hundreds of dollars, and even attacked her dogs.” Jenny Romano later posted on her Facebook page that this was not true and that they had in fact stolen over $10,000 from her and she has a fundraiser trying to replace funds.
Animal advocates do not believe this is the case. In fact, they claim that she lied about the break in to cover up a dog fight. They claim she did this at least partly because she is trying to save another one of her dog’s named Gus who was sentenced to death for mauling a kennel worker where he was being boarded. Romano is currently appealing the decision in hopes of getting Gus back.
These allegations stem largely from Facebook posts posted by Romano herself. For instance, her website for her so-called rescue is called Maggie’s House Rescue where she claims to rescue and rehabilitate dogs, but Maggie’s House Rescue is not registered as a 501 c 3 as she claims to be. Not only that, but Maggie’s House Rescue was actually registered as a For Profit Business; until this year when it shows that even her business license has been forfeited.
While no one is sure about if the break in was staged or not, one thing is clear: there are a lot of inconsistencies. For instance, there is what appears to be a visible dog bite wound on the dog’s shoulder. Then, the news first reported a couple hundred dollars being stolen whereas Romano later claimed it was over $10, 000: a large difference. Romano’s website and even her name Maggie’s House Rescue, leads people to believe she is a rescue. There is even a screen shot of her saying she is definitely a 501 c 3 when she is not. In addition, she is soliciting funds through fundraisers and even has a donate button on her website. This leaves many animal advocates to wonder if she is paying taxes on all the donations she is collecting and they are reporting this to enforcement agencies.
Most shockingly, advocates are upset over her dogs’ injuries, regardless of how they got them, because while Romano had taken her personal dog Princeton to the vet, she still had not taken her other severely injured dog, according to Romano’s Facebook posts, to a vet. Instead, Romano kept posting saying she would take him tomorrow, but that never happened and that is when animal advocates decided that if they wanted to make sure this dog saw a vet they were going to have to step in and really do something. Here is a basic timeline of how the rest occurred.
Montgomery County Animal Control and the local police were both contacted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 about this dog being left to suffer all this time without any vetting. The police said there was nothing they could do and that animal control needed to go out. Animal Control stated they could not go out until tomorrow and they did not yet need the photos or screen shots showing the dog has been suffering all this time and that Romano keeps saying she will take him to the vet tomorrow, she never does.
In a phone conversation with Christopher Dunn at Montgomery County Animal Control on the morning of Friday, November, 15, 2013, they stated that they did go out to Romano’s house on November 14, 2013 and that she stated she would take the dog to the vet tomorrow; with tomorrow being Friday, November 15, 2013. At that time they were advised that Romano has repeatedly posted that she would take the dog to the vet and she still hasn’t, as she has only taken in her personal dog Princeton, but not her rescue dog Joshua.
November 15, 2013, Christopher Dunn at Montgomery County Animal Control is emailed the photos and screen shots showing that Romano has repeatedly stated she was taking Joshua to the vet tomorrow but never did, as well as her stating how bad his injuries are and how much pain he is in. He is asked to please help get this dog to a vet before making this dog suffer through another weekend, but did not reply to the email and no one is answering the phone, so no one knows if Joshua got to a vet today or if he is still suffering. The email also contained Romano’s veterinarian’s information so that animal control could quickly call to see if Joshua had in fact finally been taken to the vet.
Photos: Taken Nov 6th of both dogs injuries,; Joshua, posted 5 days ago, of course talking about how she took her personal dog Princeton to the vet and once again saying that she will take Joshua tomorrow; Dated November 10th, as you can see she talks about how bad off Joshua is...but still has not taken him to the vet; 5pm November 14, Joshua still had not been taken to the vet; Notice the dog bite wound to dog’s left shoulder; Screen shot of Romano claiming to be a 501 c 3 on her Facebook page; Maggie’s House was actually registered as a For Profit Business; Maggie’s House license forfeited; Fundraiser by Romano showing she is collecting donations; and there are photos of Romano’s DWI she received and the conditions of her probation.
In addition, there are photos of Romano’s DWI she received and the conditions of her probation. For photos, screen shots, and documents, please click this link to access them via this news article: http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-cruelty-fraud-and-lies-jennifer-romano-of-maggie-s-house-rescue
Animal advocates reached out for more assistance and created a petition that will be automatically emailed to enforcement agencies each time it is signed. This petition is a plea for authorities to investigate and charge appropriately Jennifer Romano of Maggie’s House for her fraudulent and cruel actions. In addition, they are hoping to get Romano charged with animal cruelty and to try to put an end to her even being able to own an animal. No one, especially someone who claims to be a trainer and rescuer, would allow an animal to anguish in pain for at least 9 long days and nights without any vet care. That action alone should be a chargeable offense. Also, remember as of this evening I was unable to confirm whether or not this poor injured dog named Joshua had even received vet care as she told animal control she would get done today, so he may still be at home in pain suffering.
Please sign and share this petition to not only gets justice for Joshua, but also to hold Romano accountable for her actions.
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